Cyprus castles

Cyprus castles are considered a must-see attraction when visiting the beautiful island of Cyprus.

All of the castles are exceptional and different from each other and whether you are a local or a tourist from abroad will love spending your time in these Medieval castles.

Since ancient times, Cyprus was a pole of attraction for many civilizations.  Due to its unique geographical location, the island played a crucial role in the history of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Apart from its geographical position, the rich (piges) of copper and timber and other supplies, Cyprus was a desirable place for conquerors. Throughout the centuries, several conquerors  passed from Cyprus, such as the Egyptians, the Assyrians, Alexander the Great, Romans, Crusaders, Lusignans and various others.

Therefore, the castles in Cyprus were part of the defence of the island, against invasions or threats. The Cyprus castles are just few, however they have been erected  by various rulers illustrating the culture of each one. Four of the castles are situated in the occupied part of the Island, and those are the Kyrenia Castle, Kantara Castle, St. Hilarion Castle and Buffavento Castle.

On the south side of Cyprus the castles built are: Paphos castle, the Limassol castle the Kolossi castle in Limassol  and Saranta Kolones castle in Paphos.

Futher below you can find all the medieval castles in Cyprus

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Cyprus castles by location (district)

Buffavento Castle

The Buffanento Castle is located in the north mountain range of the occupied Pentadaktylos Mountain, at an altitude of 954 metres above the ...

Kantara Castle

The Kantara Castle is one of the three most important castles build on the Pentadaktylos Mountain range in the Ammochostos district, located...

Kolossi castle

Kolossi castle was initially constructed in the 13th century and it was then rebuilt in its present form during mid-15th century. This well ...

Larnaca castle

The Larnaca castle is located on the southern point of the coastal avenue known as ‘’Foinikoudes’’ in Larnaca. It was founded during...

Limassol castle

Limassol castle dates back to the Medieval Period and is located at the centre of the historical Limassol very close to the Limassol harbour...

Othello Castle

The Othello Castle or Ammochostos Castle or Othellos Tower as it is known in Cyprus, is located in the occupied part of Cyprus in the Ammoch...

Paphos Castle - Paphos Fort

Paphos Castle or Paphos Fort is located at the Kato Paphos harbor.The Paphos castle was originally a byzantine fortress which was built in o...

Saranta kolones (Forty columns)

Saranta kolones are ruins of an ancient castle located to the north of Paphos harbour and when translated into English means Forty colu...

St Hilarion castle

St Hilarion castle is located on the Kyrenia mountain range, in Cyprus. Its location was such as to allow the castle with command of the pas...